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December 2, 2013
11:23 // 7 months ago
November 29, 2013
Conservative writer Ben Shapiro: He’s like the views of everyone’s annoyingly political cousin at holiday events, rolled up into a single human being and made 20 percent worse. We’re thankful that he didn’t post any other tweets after this one yesterday. (ht Gawker)

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro: He’s like the views of everyone’s annoyingly political cousin at holiday events, rolled up into a single human being and made 20 percent worse. We’re thankful that he didn’t post any other tweets after this one yesterday. (ht Gawker)

8:32 // 7 months ago
November 28, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 28, 2013 (Giving thanks edition)

Marissa Alexander has much to be thankful for today after she was released from a Florida jail while she awaits a retrial. Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2012 for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband, a case that led to accusations of a “reverse Trayvon Martin situation” due to Alexander’s self-defense claim.

Thanks, vaccines! With your help, we’ve helped prevent 100 million illnesses since 1924 and simultaneously made Jenny McCarthy irrelevant.

Ashton Kutcher to Demi Moore: Thanks for finalizing our divorce so I can keep dating my ’90s TV girlfriend.

Men’s Wearhouse to Joseph A. Bank: Thanks for not buying us! Now we’ll try to buy you instead.

Want to do Black Friday right? Go to a record store and buy something. Thank us later.

BONUS THANKS: Here’s an linguist’s op-ed linking turkey to Turkey.

18:19 // 7 months ago
soupsoup:

Balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade are cleared for takeoff
The 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was feared to have to ground it’s balloons due to high winds. Macy’s made the final determination to let the balloons fly early Thursday morning before the event.

Good news for people who like floating cartoons. 

soupsoup:

Balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade are cleared for takeoff

The 87th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was feared to have to ground it’s balloons due to high winds. Macy’s made the final determination to let the balloons fly early Thursday morning before the event.

Good news for people who like floating cartoons. 

9:13 // 7 months ago
November 25, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 25, 2013

In case you’ve seen an ad for 23andMe, the $99 genetic testing kit that has the backing of Google and a co-founder who is still technically married to Sergey Brin, you should probably know that the FDA has told the company to stop selling the kits.

Four adults have been indicted for their roles in the Steubenville rape case, including the superintendent of the school district.

Just in time for the holidays, the East Coast is going to get a crapload of snow. Who’s the turkey now?

The ballad of Derrick Rose: Two catastrophic knee injuries, 19 months apart.

Who looks more desperate, Katie Couric or Yahoo? #IKeedIKeed

22:11 // 8 months ago
November 10, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 10, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who famously stood up for female education and was nearly assassinated by the Taliban (only to make a miraculous recovery), now finds her book banned by Pakistani private schools because it is “against our country’s ideology and Islamic values,” according to one official. Sigh.

In Houston, a girl’s 18th birthday party was celebrated with gunshots. However, that led to gunfire that was not celebratory—killing two and injuring 22, some of those injured in the ensuing stampede. 

Richie Incognito’s defense of his racist bullying: Jonathan Martin gave it just as much as he received it, or so he thought.

Two military experts say the domestic military base is an outdated relic that isolates soldiers from society. 

Is Thanksgiving happening way too late this year, anyway? Here’s a yes argument on that front.

18:47 // 8 months ago
October 4, 2013
The reason for the fuss: It is a holiday mashup that has happened only once before—in 1888—according to those who track the Jewish calendar. And it is one that isn’t set to happen again for potentially another 70,000-plus years.
In 2013, Thanksgiving and the First Day of Hanukkah Fall on Same Date - WSJ.com (via rubenfeld)

Fascinating.

(via rubenfeld)

9:10 // 9 months ago
November 22, 2012
I’m thankful that Paula Broadwell doesn’t have my personal email address, that Marco Rubio wasn’t my science teacher, and that neither Todd Akin nor Richard Mourdock is my ob-gyn.
Arianna Huffington • Telling Politico what she’s thankful for on this holiday. There were others, but none nearly quite as awesome as this entry.
17:47 // 1 year ago
November 21, 2012

On presidential pardons vs. turkey pardons

gloridiamonds says: they are mad because he wants to kill a turkey? correct me if im wrong but this is so damn stupid. Animals are here for us to eat. WE are higher than them on the food chain so plz

» SFB says: Actually, that wasn’t my point at all. The issue is that this ceremonial pardon gets way more attention and consideration than the actual presidential pardons, which the president isn’t doing very many of. Doing it on Facebook makes the whole thing even more flip. I don’t care if you eat turkey — really, I don’t think anyone should give a flip about what’s on anyone’s table tomorrow. This, however, is just a weird tradition. — Ernie @ SFB

(Source: cbsnews.com)

12:25 // 1 year ago
Um, this sounds pretty bizarre on its face. But not as awkward as PETA suggesting to stop pardoning altogether. While the turkeys will both survive after Thursday, it’s still kind of messed up to have people vote for it on Facebook. But not nearly as messed up as the fact that Obama doesn’t pardon very many humans.

Um, this sounds pretty bizarre on its face. But not as awkward as PETA suggesting to stop pardoning altogether. While the turkeys will both survive after Thursday, it’s still kind of messed up to have people vote for it on Facebook. But not nearly as messed up as the fact that Obama doesn’t pardon very many humans.

10:34 // 1 year ago